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Archive for September, 2008

No “fair use” for the Harry Potter Lexicon

The opinion in the Warner Brothers Entertainment & JK Rowling v. RDR Books case just came down, and it’s an interesting outcome. The court found infringement of the reproduction right, but not the derivative works right. The court also found that the Lexicon created by a fan of the Harry Potter books was not sufficiently transformative to pass muster under the 4-part fair use test. The damages award was only $6,750. (It’s unclear to me whether attorneys fees are or will be sought.) I’m still working my way through 67-page opinion. The case was being defended through the Stanford Fair Use Project, and I suspect there will be an appeal filed…

Rowling v. RDR Opinion

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Don’t Miss PodCamp Hawaii!

PodCamp Hawaii LogoFor those of you interested in new media and also needing a vacation, PodCamp Hawaii is being planned for October 24-25 in Honolulu. More info is available here. Roxanne Darling, of Beach Walks With Rox, is on the planning committee and I’m sure it will be a fantastic event.

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